Hoffenheim snatch thrilling draw at Lyon to stay afloat in Champions League

LYON (AFP) – Hoffenheim revived their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 as Pavel Kaderabek scored an injury-time equaliser to cap a dramatic comeback with 10 men and snatch a 2-2 draw at Lyon.

First-half strikes from Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele put Lyon in control at the Groupama Stadium, and Kasim Nuhu’s sending off shortly after the restart left Hoffenheim with a mountain to climb.

But Andrej Kramaric gave the Germans hope, and Kaderabek popped up at the back post to stab in a dramatic leveller in the second minute of added time and extend Hoffenheim’s debut group-stage campaign.

“We didn’t realise that in a football match, nothing is ever finished,” bemoaned Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart to RMC Sport.

“These are unacceptable errors to make at this level, when you’re looking to qualify… It’s so annoying to end up with a draw when we had the game in our hands.”

Lyon slip three points behind Group F leaders Manchester City – who thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium – as they bid to qualify for the last 16 for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.

“We played a good match anyway, even if we don’t leave with victory and we are disappointed,” said Fekir.

“We must continue with the same state of mind we had before these two goals. There are still two games, nothing is done yet, and it’s up to us to learn from this match.”

Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir (L) is tackled by Hoffenheim defender Kasim Adams Nuhu. – AFP